Gentoo Archives: gentoo-performance

From: "Peter A. H. Peterson" <pedro@×××××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-performance@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-performance] performance testing
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 04:06:02
Hi Everyone,

My name is Peter Peterson and I represent a group of a grad students
at UCLA. We're in a computer systems performance analysis course and we
were hoping to do a general performance comparison of gentoo vs. a
popular binary i386-compatible distribution (probably ubuntu) in some
"real-world" server tests to try and meaningfully calculate the
performance gains that local compilation provides. (For example,
apache2 requests processed per second on the same hardware.)

I've subscribed to this list because we want the gentoo community to
be involved in helping us design the tests so that we can hopefully
all feel good about what and how we are testing the systems. 

We have no particular outcome in mind; our group represents a wide
range of computer users, from Mac, Linux, and Windows enthusiasts, and
we have all used a wide variety of Linux distributions. We have simply
noticed that much of the discussion of gentoo's performance advantage
is anecdotal and we're genuinely hoping to provide some meaningful
experimental data for discussion. Also, if anyone knows of any
available benchmark data or papers on this subject, we'd love to hear
about them. There was apparently a paper on slashdot a couple of years
ago, but the host it was on appears to now be squatted. For that
matter, if this is a well understood or closed issue (for example, if
the statistics that people quote are actually from good experimental
data) please let us know.

Is anyone here interested in discussing this project? We are
specifically interested in discussing methodology, testing suits,
CFLAGS and other options. Our desire is not to "trick out" gentoo or
ubuntu, but rather quantify the performance benefit that gentoo has
over binary distributions with "normal" compile flags (whatever normal

Thanks for your time,

Peter Peterson (et al)

Peter A. H. Peterson, technician and musician.
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Re: [gentoo-performance] performance testing "M. Edward (Ed) Borasky" <znmeb@×××××××.net>
Re: [gentoo-performance] performance testing lnxg33k <lnxg33k@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-performance] performance testing Miguel Sousa Filipe <miguel.filipe@×××××.com>